Daylighting-Introduction

Time Estimate: 1.25 hours

This tutorial will illustrate the process of evaluating the quality of interior daylight illumination of a small, simple room. 

This tutorial is best viewed through Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Problem Statement

Create a simple room that can be used to demonstrate the basic process for studying interior daylight illumination within a molded interior environment. Once the model has been created and the calculation grid has been specified, one may adjust the daylighitng parameters in order to observe the simulated quality of interior illumination for any given time and location. Finally, a brief introduction to AGI32's Ray Trace feature will be used to create a Ray Trace image of the space. 

Tutorial Summary

Step 1 Create a simple room

Step 2 Create the room's openings

Step 3 Define the room's surface attributes

Step 4 Specify a calculation grid

Step 5 Specify the daylight parameters

Step 6 Enter Render mode and calculate

Step 7 Navigate through the rendered view

Step 8 Observe the room's interior illuminance levels via the calculation grid

Step 9 Set the Ray Trace parameters and create a Ray Trace image

Conclusion

We will begin our tutorial by creating a new job file in AGI32. Click on the New File button  on the Main toolbar.

  The New File button on the Main Toolbar (Menu:File-New)

Select Full Calculation Mode from the Calculation Mode dialog. Click Ok to return to the  AGI32 desktop and verify that English units, feet and fc, are being used. If you have set your default units to Metric use, please change them to feet and footcandles by clicking on the Units button on the Switches toolbar.

The Units button on the Switches Toolbar (Menu:Tools-Units)

For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll be locating the room at the origin (X=0, Y=0). At this Zoom level, it is difficult to specify points along X=0 or Y=0. To gain more useable space, click on the Zoom Out button on the Main toolbar or press the End key on the keyboard. The Field of View will increase by 150%.

The Zoom Out button on the Main Toolbar (Menu:View-Zoom-Out)